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Please consider donating to the Mountain Fund Emergency Earthquake Fund. Your contributions will go directly to help feed, clothe and house the people of Nepal during this devastating crisis.

earthquake resistent housing demonstration

Alternative building methods taught at Her Farm

From Our Director | 18 August 2015

More than 80% of the homes in Mankhu were destroyed or seriously damaged in the April, 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. The challenge that lies ahead is how to rebuild and make these homes safer. The typical village home is made with stones and mud mortar. While there is a center beam in the home, there's no structural component that ties all the walls together, such as a ring beam, so each wall moves independent of the others. 
Right now we have a well known architect who specializes in earthquake resistent housing teaching the villagers how to incorporate gabion walls as a part of their traditional housing. A gabion wall is stone that is wrapped with metal fencing thereby...

Nepali man getting cash after quake

Nepal Earthquake update. Mountain Fund accomplishments to date, future challenges.

From Our Director | 11 June 2015

We’ve been trying to keep news updates on our Facebook page at but power outages, internet issues and the sheer amount of work we’ve been doing have made it hard to update as much and as regularly as we’d like to do in an ideal world. Nepal is not, at the moment, an ideal world. 

Immediately following the first big quake Mountain Fund mobilized and brought two truckloads of food and a load of tarpaulins to the villages of Mankhu and Goganpani. While Mankhu is home to Her Farm, the village of Goganpani is nearby. We have friends in that community and many of the young people from Mankhu attend school there, so it was natural...

Tarp shelters in Mankhu

Nepal Earthquake Update: April 29, 2015

From Our Director | 29 April 2015

Here's what is needed in the short-term future to rebuild Mankhu and Goganpani villages.
1) Tarps, so people have temporary shelter. We have about 125 tarps out to homes now, but need more like 400.
2) Solar flashlights and Candles
3) Devices to charge cell phones from solar - simple ones that will charge many types of phones.
4) We started to fix the road to the village. About $3000 or so is needed to get the road in working order.
5) We are going to need a truck. There's going to be tons of material needed for re-construction. There's just one old truck servicing these villages now, that's not going to cut it. Need about $20,000 or so to truck in building...

village homes damaged

Nepal Earthquake

From Our Director | 27 April 2015

All of us here at Mountain Fund in Nepal are safe. I just arrived in Kathmandu and was happy to see the city in far better shape than I had feared. We were at Her Farm when the earthquake hit and nearly every home in our village is damaged, most will require a total rebuild. We are going back to the village now with fresh supplies and to work with the villagers to begin to rebuild their homes. It's important we get a lot done before the monsoons come or people who are living in makeshift tents, made of tarps and tin, will face a very hard time of it in the rainy season. Thanks for you help and support. 

Scott MacLennan
Executive Director

year in review on issue

2014 Year in Review

From Our Director | 31 December 2014

We've just published our 2014 Year in Review on Issuu. Please give it a look and thanks for all your support and help in 2014, it's made a huge difference in the lives of many young women and children i in Nepal.
Please click on the "read more" button for the link to our publication.

Young Women Growing Hope in the Himalaya

Young women are growing hope at Her Farm

From Our Director | 28 November 2013

When we started Her Farm we had a vision of women coming from abusive family situations and living at the farm where they could support themselves and their children. That's still our mission and vision at the farm, however something else is taking place at the farm, something unexpected and wonderful. For the past two years as we've been working to get all the infrastructure in place to house and feed women and educate their children the farm has been managed by young women. Most of these young women also work for us at Mountain Volunteer, our program for volunteering in Nepal. 
These young women have proven to themselves and to everyone else just how capable they are. They are taking...

Reena at Her Farm


From Our Director | 19 October 2013

So, let me explain to you Her Farm. This is Reena. She's 19 and has a 4 year old son and is now 5 months pregnant. Her husband barely works at all, just some odd jobs once in a while. They live next door to Her Farm. Reena didn't have any family growing up so at a young age she decided to get married so she could maybe get some clothing and food (her words). We hire her to tend the livestock and do other work at the farm. She's got a job, she's making money. All the rest we can't fix, but we can make it possible for Reena to hold her head up.

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Executive Director Scott MacLennan is awarded the
Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.


Volunteer at Her Farm



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